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Scholars wanted for traveling seminar

U-M instructional and research-track faculty are invited to apply for consideration to be part of the 2007 Michigan Road Scholars traveling seminar on the state of Michigan.

This eighth annual educational tour will expose participants to the state's economy, government and politics, culture, educational systems, health and social issues, history and geography. Designed to increase mutual knowledge and understanding between the University and the people and communities of the state, the five-day tour will introduce participants to the places the majority of U-M students call home, encourage University service to the public and suggest ways faculty can help address state and local issues.

In addition, the experience is expected to develop beneficial ties and promote interdisciplinary discussion among the touring faculty.

A faculty advisory committee chaired by Frank Ascione, dean of the School of Pharmacy and a 1999 Road Scholar, will select 30 participants for the April 30-May 4, 2007 tour. The tour is planned and staffed by the State Outreach Office in the Office of the Vice President for Government Relations. Richard Carter, associate director of state outreach, is the interim project director.

All meals, accommodations (private rooms for each participant) will be provided; transportation is via a tour bus equipped with restroom, video monitors, snacks and a small library of materials about the state of Michigan. Tour stops will include special presentations by and interaction with various community representatives.

Each participant will receive a notebook with pertinent background on state issues, locations to be visited and people they will meet. Some may be asked to give informal presentations about their field of expertise while on the tour.

For more information on the Michigan Road Scholars tour, plus photos and lists of past participants, go to

The deadline for applications is Dec. 1. A form is available on the Web site. For more information contact Carter at 763-4755 or

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